Isaac Fancher: Pension Fraud

The Revolutionary War pension application of Isaac Fancher (VA, S.42,719, BLW 1786-100) contains some interesting but vague references to fraud. One of the documents in his file reads, “The papers in this case being proved forgeries[,] the Scrip, which issued on the [Bounty Land] Warrant[,] was refunded by Joseph Watson, agent.”

What was going on here? The file, unfortunately, does not supply details. Another document in the file reads, “Record Book of bounty lands shows Wt. 1786 for 100 acres Isaac Fancher or Francher, Private Lee’s Legion, Va. Warrant issued to himself and delivered to Jos. Watson on Nov. 28, 1829 with following note, This warrant having been fraudulently obtained, the scrip which issued was refunded by J. Watson. A.E.P. Feb. 5, 1912.”

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